It's a quick turnaround from the women's college game to the pros, as the WNBA plays its regular season during the summer months.
That is what recently-graduated St. John's alum Nadirah McKenith is finding out. McKenith, who played four years at point guard for the Johnnies and led the team to four NCAA Tournaments, was drafted by the Washington Mystics in April.
In 24 games as a rookie thus far with Washington, McKenith has averaged 9.3 minutes and 3.3 points per game. The Newark, N.J. native is learning each day as she transitions into her professional career.
Ray Floriani of our SB Nation neighbor Swish Appeal recently caught up with McKenith after her Mystics defeated the New York Liberty at her hometown's Prudential Center.
Swish Appeal: What are your impressions of the WNBA?
McKenith: It is a very good league. You have the best players anywhere and here (Washington) I am in a situation with great teammates helping me to adjust to the higher level of play.”
SA: Are there any surprises in the WNBA or is it what you expected?
McKenith: No, it is pretty much what I expected. The level of play is more physical than college, the talent is better...you basically have to come to play every day in and practice.”
SA: Can you reflect a moment on your days at St. John's?
McKenith: It was the best time. We got to go to four NCAA tournaments and a Sweet 16. At St. John's the coaches developed me and most important had faith in me. It was just the greatest time.”
SA: What aspect of your game are you working on as a WNBA rookie?
McKenith: Definitely being more vocal as a point guard. It is something I have to do on the floor to communicate with my teammates. I am also working on my defense as well.”Thank you to Ray and Swish Appeal for keeping St. John's fans updated on McKenith's development in the WNBA. Follow her official player page for up-to-date statistics and results here.